Leichty leads Viking gridders back to .500

Huntington North wide receiver Scott McClellan (left) makes a catch in the end zone while draped by a defender during the varsity football team’s game against visiting Marion on Homecoming Night, Friday, Sept. 27.
Huntington North wide receiver Scott McClellan (left) makes a catch in the end zone while draped by a defender during the varsity football team’s game against visiting Marion on Homecoming Night, Friday, Sept. 27. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity football team piled up 41 first half points on visiting Marion before easing off the gas in the second half to thump the Giants 41-7 on Homecoming Night, Friday, Sept. 27.

Quarterback Keenan Leichty completed 10 of 17 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns to help the Vikings improve to 3-3, 3-1 in the North Central Conference.

Leichty, a senior, also rushed for two touchdowns, which gave Huntington North a 13-0 lead with 7:28 to go in the first quarter.

Scoring runs by Austin Rosen and Charleston Dydasco upped the Vikings' advantage to 27-0 with 8:26 left in the second. Dydasco finished the game with 116 rushing yards on 15 attempts.

Huntington North's remaining points came on touchdown grabs by Scott McClellan and Carson Wright, the latter at the 3:15 mark in the second quarter, which made it 41-0 and rounded out the Vikings' scoring for the game. McClellan was the team's leading receiver with six catches for 83 yards.

After shutting Marion out in the first half, the Huntington North defense spotted the Giants just a touchdown in the second for its lowest point total yielded all season.

Wyatt Cocklin led all Viking defenders in tackles and Lucas Johnson grabbed an interception.